Better Business Bureau of Greater Kansas City Warns of New Phone Scam

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Direct marketing professional Russell “Rusty” Rahm is the owner of Wake Effects, LLC, a Kansas leader in boating and water sports gear sales. Rusty Rahm is a member of the Better Business Bureau (BBB) of Greater Kansas City.

As part of its work protecting local consumers, the Kansas City BBB follows regional scams and other potential threats through its Scamtracker service. In early 2017, the BBB issued a warning about a new type of phone scam in the area. Known as the “Can you hear me” scam, fraudsters are using dishonest tactics to get their victims to say “yes” on the phone.

Robocalls that sound like real humans may ask seemingly innocuous questions such as “can you hear me?” that result in an affirmative response. When an individual replies yes, that person’s voice may be used to authorize fraudulent charges.

The BBB suggests that residents hang up immediately if a caller asks this question or a variation on it. Scammers may alter their tactics as the public learns of them, so be on the lookout for other questions that are fishing for a yes. If you think you may have encountered one of these scammers, consider checking your phone bill and credit card statements for any unauthorized charges.

Greater Kansas City BBB Extends to Charities

 

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Russell Rahm is the president and chief executive officer of Millennium Marketing Inc., a successful and innovative direct marketing company. In his spare time, Russell Rahm volunteers at fundraisers arranged by the Greater Kansas City Better Business Bureau.

Aside from offering verified, credible information on businesses in the area, the Greater Kansas City Better Business Bureau (BBB) provides a service for charities and donors called the Charity Accreditation Program. Similar to the BBB’s work in evaluating businesses, the initiative gives charities the opportunity to assure volunteers and donors of their authenticity through the Greater Kansas City BBB’s approval.

The program started to address the concerns of potential donors who wanted to verify the trustworthiness of the incredibly large number of charities and fundraising events in the Kansas City area. People who wanted to support local charities or get involved also wanted to be sure that their time and money were not being wasted.